Vermicular Musui - Kamado Multifunctional Cooker by Aichi Dobby Ltd.

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Vermicular Musui - Kamado

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Multifunctional Cooker

INSPIRATION:
In 2010, we launched VERMICULAR, an enameled cast iron pot with a precision seal where the contact area of the pot and lid is machined to less than 0.01mm of accuracy. It quickly became known for its “waterless” cooking which is focused on bringing out the natural flavors of ingredients. However, there was a concern that waterless cooking required careful heat control and VERMICULAR was only for everyday cooks. To address this concern and have VERMICULAR enjoyed by a larger audience, we came up with an idea to offer a heating base that not only removes the hassle of heat control but offers precision temperature control that can only be achieved by top chefs.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The MUSUI–KAMADO combines the MUSUI, an enameled cast iron pot with a precision seal perfected by Japanese craftsmanship, and the KAMADO, an induction heating base which is essentially a traditional Japanese stove redefined with modern heating innovation, achieving perfect heat distribution and precise temperature control. This one-of a kind tool provides cooks of all levels the opportunity to bring out the natural flavors of ingredients while creating an array of exceptional, flavorful dishes.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Since the KAMADO controls and optimizes heat to support a wide range of cooking methods such as waterless cooking, stir-frying, searing, roasting, rice cooking and low-temperature cooking and fermenting, users can leave the kitchen with peace of mind while cooking. For precision cooking, the temperature can be set in 1 degree increments from 30 to 95 degree. Eliminating the hassle of heat control reduces stress during cooking and enhances the overall creative experience of home cooking.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The initial product concept of the MUSUI–KAMADO was created back in 2013 and after 3 years of product development, the MUSUI–KAMADO was released in December of 2016 in Japan as a new type of multicooker and an automatic rice cooker. Since the launch, more than 90,000 units have been sold and we are scheduled to officially launch in the US next spring and roll out to Asia and Europe in the near feature.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Home Appliances Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The biggest design challenge was on the heating structure of the KAMADO. Unlike a gas stove, an induction cooktop transfers heat only through its flat surface and cannot generate smooth convection inside the pot, resulting in a loss of flavor. As a solution, we installed a 360 angle surround heater in addition to the high-performance induction coils on the bottom – perfecting three-dimensional heating that engulfs a pot just like in a traditional kamado stove.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
<Dimensions> Width 311mm x Depth 296mm x Height 208mm <Weight> 6.9kg <Performance> Cooking Mode: [MED](up to 230 degree), [LOW](up to 150 degree), [EXT LOW](up to 110 degree) and [WARM](30 to 95 degree, can be adjusted in increments of 1 degree) Rice Cooking Mode: White Rice 1-4 cups/Brown Rice 1-4 cups(normal or scorched), White Rice 1-1.5 cups(porridge) <Material> The MUSUI: Enameled cast iron The KAMADO: Outside frame Polycarbonate/Inside frame Aluminum/Glass top Glass-ceramics

TAGS:
VERMICULAR, MUSUIーKAMADO, MADE IN JAPAN, VERMICULAR RICEPOT, enameled cast-iron pot, craftsmen, multicooker, waterless cooking, rice cooker, low-temperature cooking

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
For our product to match the heating performance of direct heat, we aimed to achieve the equivalent level of heat distribution from direct heat using electricity. In addition, to prevent food from getting burnt and a pot from boiling over, it was critical to accurately measure the pot temperature for each testing to realize precision temperature control. Through the product development phase, we built many prototypes and cooked each time to ensure that the cooked dishes are restaurant-quality.

CHALLENGE:
In addition to our efforts in recreating the heating structure of direct heat with induction heating, we aimed to design a product that can be used more as a “tool” instead of an appliance. A tool that is timeless and blends in people's everyday lives. We simplified the internal structure of the heating base by streamlining components such as induction coils and electronic board to achieve a clean design that brings wholeness to the pot and heating base while maintaining the focus on the pot.

ADDED DATE:
2018-11-21 04:48:57

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Exective Vice President: Tomoharu Hijikata, Creative Director: Mina Orihashi and Chief Designer: Takayuki Fujita

IMAGE CREDITS:
Aichi Dobby Ltd., 2018.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Patented. 2015-170521. Sunny Knowledge Co., Ltd. 2015. Japan Patent Office. Pending Patent. 2016-113311. ADX Co., Ltd. 2016. Japan Patent Office.

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.vermicular.jp/
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
VERMICULAR

PROFILE:
VERMICULAR is an enameled cast iron pot crafted in a small foundry, which was originally founded in 1936 in Aichi prefecture, Japan. With a precision seal perfected by Japanese craftsmanship, where the contact area of the pot and lid is machined to less than 0.01mm of accuracy, it quickly became known for its “waterless” cooking which is focused on bringing out the natural flavors of ingredients. Since the launch, more than 400,000 units have been sold (as of December 2018).

NOMINATION DETAILS

Vermicular Musui-Kamado Multifunctional Cooker by Aichi Dobby Ltd is a Nominee in Home Appliances Design Category.

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Vermicular Musui-Kamado Multifunctional Cooker by Aichi Dobby Ltd is Winner in Home Appliances Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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